Breastfeeding doesn’t require much…however, there are a lot of great products out there that make it a little easier and enjoyable.
I thought I would share a list of products that I have either personally used, or that I have been told have been total game changers for women. Some of these products have been mentioned several times in groups I’m in (including my breastfeeding mama’s support tribe – be sure to join!)
I’d love to hear what breastfeeding products you’ve loved!
These are so awesome, especially in the earlier days of breastfeeding where you leak all. the. time. There were a few times when I was nursing Oliver, and I decided to catch dripping milk with a bottle. I would often get over an ounce from this alone!
Milkies is a product that you wear that catches dripping milk in a sanitary environment so you can save it for later. Most breastfeeding moms will agree that breastmilk really is liquid gold, and every last drop counts. These should not be worn at night and milk should be removed and stored soon after, and they can hold around two ounces of milk. You can buy them on Amazon or on their website.
These are a lifesaver for pumping moms – especially pumping moms who work! They are a hands-free and concealable pumping system that works with most pumps. This is a great video that explains how these work. I think it’s brilliant! I’m not sure that I would recommend using this for every pumping session – I feel like they probably aren’t quite as effective as pumping directly. However, I think it’s a great option for those times you want to be more discrete!
I wrote about Bamboobies in my post entitled 17 truths about breastfeeding, but I really am a huge fan. They are reusable nursing pads that are organic, super soft, and VERY comfortable. They are great for absorbing leaking milk.
Lansinoh Disposable Nursing Pads
Reusable nursing pads not your think? No problem! Lansinoh is definitely the best brand out there for those. I think they are very lightweight, yet absorbent.
There are a lot of supplements out there that are designed to help support or increase milk production – this is one of them. I think it’s one of the better options. It eliminates the need to have a bunch of different supplements, and it combines them all into one tasty one. You just combine it with 6 ounces of milk or add to a smoothie. It comes in chocolate or berry flavor, and it is lactation consultant recommended.
I highly recommend discussing with an IBCLC before starting any supplements to help increase milk supply. It’s possible that you may not even need to, but if you do, this is a great product. You can buy them here or on Amazon.
I have also heard great things about Mommy Knows Best recently.
I know not everyone wants to use a cover when they breastfeed in public…but I do! Although I’ve made my own nursing cover shawl, I’ve been eyeing the Covered Goods cover for a long time now. You can use it for multiple uses (coverage while nursing, car seat cover, etc.), and they are super cute. I often see sales for them on the Covered Goods website.
These are the most AMAZING things ever. They are great for helping to heal from mastitis or plugged ducts (which are common breastfeeding problems) or if you suffer from vasospasms!
Have you tried out my no bake lactation power balls? They are so good and addicting. One of the main ingredients is Mommy Moosli, which helped me a TON with milk production. It’s delicious for breakfast, in the no bake lactation balls, and just for a yummy snack!
These are pretty cool – they are designed to help turn just about any outfit into a more nursing friendly outfit.
I don’t know about you, but I don’t think the bags that come with breast pumps are all that awesome. They seem a bit…bulky? Well, I was recently sent Jayellow Breast Pump Bag, and I am IN LOVE. It is fashionable, large, and it has a lot of great features. It comes with a cooler bag, accessories bag, wet bag, and dry cloth. It has a flap on the front to make it so your pump is easily accessible. And it’s just very high quality. I love it!
I’ve talked about these a few times, but I keep people raving about them! It’s a manual pump that uses suction to draw milk out. It’s great for using on the opposite that while baby is nursing – talk about making pumping easier. I know a lot of women who have had a lot of success with these.
I only pumped a handful of times with Jack, but I really loved using the Milkies Milk trays. You can freeze milk in one-ounce sections, and then place them in other bags. You can also use it for freezing baby food later on.
I’ve used these with my pump a few times, and I LOVE them! If you pump, you know how frustrating it is to not get every last drop in the freezer bags. With the Kiinde bags, you pump directly into the bag, and then you can freeze it directly after. They even have an adapter so you can put a bottle nipple on top, so you never even have to transfer the milk to a bottle. This is one of the best ways I’ve seen to make sure every last drop can be used.
There are a lot of nipple creams out there – and I recommend getting one. However, Earth Mama Angel Baby nipple cream is BY far my favorite. It smells great, is super soothing, and I feel like it worked better than other ones that I’ve used.
Boppy or My Breast Friend
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